Located on four-and-a-half acres in suburban Port Washington, the Vincent Smith School is a private, independent day school that has served students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties in New York since 1924. The School is well-known for its individualized program for students in grades 1-12 with AD/HD, and Learning Disabilities such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorders, and Language (Expressive/Receptive) Processing Disorders. Emphasis is placed on academic excellence, differentiated instruction, strong home/school connection, and college & career counseling in small supportive classes.
The Vincent Smith School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.
The mission of Vincent Smith School is dedicated to providing a small, nurturing and supportive setting for students with learning disabilities.
At the Vincent Smith School we are committed to the beliefs that:
- "It's Okay to Learn Differently"
- Students with learning disabilities are provided the necessary educational, emotional and social support that will enable each student to reach their highest potential and become productive members of our global society.
Vincent Smith School will advance the intellectual, social, and emotional development of all its students while servicing each individual's immediate needs within an environment that promotes success for all students. Technology, hands-on activities, and interdisciplinary instruction will enhance teaching and learning. Curriculum development will be an ongoing process geared to the needs of the students in accordance with students’ unique learning styles and state-mandated standards.
Faculty, students, families and the community will be actively involved in the educational process to create a safe, supportive environment where students are motivated to learn and believe that success is attainable. Everyone will respect the difference and uniqueness of each individual while developing a sense of responsibility toward themselves, their school community, and the community at large.
Vincent Smith School will be a school where both students and faculty come together as a community of learners. Students will learn how to learn. Students will leave Vincent Smith School with the knowledge and tools necessary to confidently meet the challenges of post-secondary transition and beyond.
The Vincent Smith School is a member of The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). The NYSAIS accreditation signifies that the Vincent Smith School meets the most rigorous standards of excellence in independent school education. It also enables the Vincent Smith School to participate in professional development opportunities for faculty and staff through the extensive roster of NYSAIS conferences and workshops.